Spain records first CO2 fall for a decade

Minister says one per cent drop in emissions in first half of 2006 signals real watershed

Spain has registered its first drop in carbon dioxide emissions in a decade, the environment ministry announced last week.  CO2 releases fell by one per cent in the first half of 2006, mainly due to a 5.9 per cent decline in power sector emissions over the period.  The figures represent a "perceptible change in trend," climate change minister Arturo Gonzalo Aizpiri claimed.  Spain has long been Europe’s black sheep on climate, with emissions running way above its Kyoto protocol budget for 2008-12 (EED 24/04/06).  See environment ministry.

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